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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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Fast-Track MBA Subject

Subject Summary

Within the Fast-Track MBA, Strategic Human Resource Management is our core subject focusing on the business of people, which are the driving force behind the success of any organisation.

It prepares students – as managers and professionals at all levels – for the continuously evolving nature of work and the challenges and opportunities this presents for organisations in meeting the strategic needs of a diverse workforce. With shifts driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technology and innovation boom, COVID-19 pandemic and new generation of workers (Gen Z), it’s more important than ever that organisations think strategically about their workforce.

A strong HR strategy can give companies a competitive edge by attracting, retaining, and developing the best employees. Looking beyond the scope of traditional and reactive HR practices, strategic HR management takes a much more proactive approach, evaluating the organisation’s present plus future needs to develop strategies to meet them. Your MBA learning in Strategic Human Resource Management will, therefore, focus on how organisations can manage their human resource tactically to achieve business objectives.

While working through topics such as the future of work, recruitment and training, managing performance and ethics in HR, you’ll attend weekly webinars to discuss how key concepts and theories play out in the workplace, or catch up on the webinar recordings when it suits you.

AIB Subject Code
QualificationsMBA (General)
All MBA Specialisations
AQF LevelLevel 8
Delivery100% online
Subject length8 weeks
Start dates2024 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate and recommend improvements to the existing human resource management strategies. 
  • Identify and evaluate different perspectives and contemporary trends and their impact on strategic human resource management. 
  • Design and effectively communicate evidence-based human resource management initiatives considering ethical concerns. 
Key Topics
  • The future of work
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training, careers and talent
  • Managing performance
  • Remuneration, rewards and engagement
  • Ethics and evaluating HR


Strategic Human Resource Management comprises two assessments aiming to enhance an advanced understanding of contemporary trends in managing individuals within organisations. The first assessment grants students the option to examine one of several modern HR themes. The second assessment, known as the capstone assessment, obliges students to scrutinise their organisation’s HRM policies, practices, and procedures (or one with which they are familiar) and to suggest recommendations to its existing human resource management approaches.

Thanks to my MBA, I definitely now have a broader understanding of the different areas of the business. With that, I’m better able to ensure I’m providing a Human Resources service that aligns with the business’s overall strategy and with what the other business units and stakeholders want to achieve.

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.


In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google play and on the Apple app store.

AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies


  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What will I learn in the Strategic Human Resource Management MBA subject?

In this subject, you will learn about the importance of human resource management as a strategic variable for organisations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of various aspects relating to managing and developing staff, including recruitment and selection, training and career development, performance management, remuneration, rewards, and engagement.

You will also learn to critically evaluate and recommend improvements to existing human resource management strategies and identify and evaluate different perspectives and contemporary trends. Additionally, you will be able to design and effectively communicate evidence-based human resource management initiatives while considering ethical concerns.

Upon completion of this subject, you will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice and apply this knowledge to identify and solve complex HR challenges faced by organisations.

How will studying Strategic Human Resource Management in my MBA help me at work?

Human resource management is of great strategic importance to an organisation. To attract the right talent, develop and also retain them, managers at all levels should have an in-depth understanding of the various aspects relating to managing staff.

If you’re an experienced HR manager, Strategic Human Resource Managementwill sharpen your knowledge and skills and add more depth to your current practices. You’ll learn not only from the course content and your facilitator but from fellow students undertaking the subject too, as you discuss the application of strategic HR practices, challenges and opportunities in the workplace.

Can I specialise my MBA in HR?

Yes, AIB offers an MBA specialisation in Human Resource Management. It’s often the pathway of choice for HR specialists, those working toward a career change into HR or professionals with a keen interest in the management of people as an organisation’s most valuable asset. Studying the specialised HR MBA, students will take AIB’s core business subjects before undertaking the HR discipline units: Managing Change, Managing People in a Global Context and Organisational Learning and Development. Following completion of the final subject – Project – they will earn their MBA specialised in HR.

Learn more about the MBA (Human Resource Management).

How do I apply to study Strategic Human Resource Management?

If you’re interested in studying Strategic Human Resource Management and the AIB MBA, get in touch with an AIB Advisor to discuss your application and timetabling. 

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